Sunday Post – 9th April 2017

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

May you live in interesting times… It’s an old Chinese curse, apparently. Well, right now Life is waaay too interesting. We noticed a puddle of water in the paved area just outside out back door in a straight line to the outbuilding where we house our washing machine – and realised the mains water pipe under the ground must be leaking. It was. And when the specialist plumbers came to mend the leak, it took them three goes. As soon as they fixed one leak and turned the water back on, the pipe immediately gave way somewhere else… They said our 65-year-old pipes had essentially given up – confronting us with the scenario of the pipes running through the footings of the house starting to leak *shudders at the thought*. So yesterday, we had the firm back to run a completely new waterpipe network down the side of the house and around to the back where they connected it to the cold water system using an underground boring machine. There were 5 holes dug altogether where they fed in the new piping using a nifty underground mechanical mole and tomorrow they are returning to concrete over the holes and box in the new pipework where it goes into the outbuilding and the house. But as you can imagine, this hasn’t been cheap…

At least the weather was good while they were doing all this – in fact it’s been absolutely fantastic – just a shame we couldn’t get out in the garden…

This week I have read:

Winter Tide – Book 1 of The Innsmouth Legacy series by Ruthanna Emrys
After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.
For those of you who don’t recognise the references, Winter Tide is set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft, the famous horror and dark fantasy short story writer and novelist.
I fell in love with this spare, gripping tale within a couple of pages – the character and premise immediately pulled me into the story where a paranoid and jittery US Government are seeing threats from anyone who looks different, back in 1949.

Magic in the City by Heather Dyer
Brothers Jake and Simon Grubb are not happy they have to leave their home in Canada to move in with their cousin Hannah and her family in England. But things get interesting for the boys when, on the way there, they encounter a retiring magician at a highway rest stop who presents them with three gifts he claims have magical properties: a carpet, a camera and a stopwatch. Unfortunately, the magician doesn’t provide them with any instructions. So when the boys and Hannah find themselves being swept away on a wild adventure fueled by the magic in these curious objects, they have to learn as they go. But who cares when it’s this exciting!
Dyer also serves up a fair dollop of humour along with the chaos and excitement. I love the depiction of the Queen – whether or not it’s correct, I thought it was a delight. Overall, this is a charming, enjoyable book that delivers an engrossing magical adventure with some hefty family issues wrapped up in the story that will speak to the many fatherless children out there. Recommended for independent readers between eight and eleven years old, depending on maturity.

The Forever Court – Book 2 of The Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy by Dave Rudden
Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks – not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home…
I had forgotten just how punchy and enjoyable Rudden’s writing is – while the world is tense and gothic with plenty of thrills and spills and some genuinely exciting action. I love Denizen as a character and am looking forward seeing where this one goes next. I will be reviewing this one tomorrow.

 

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 2nd April 2017

Review of Blood Upon the Sand – Book 2 of The Song of the Shattered Sands by Bradley Beaulieu

Teaser Tuesday featuring The Forever Court – Book 2 of The Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy by Dave Rudden

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL Review of Magic in the City by Heather Dyer

NEW RELEASE SPECIAL Review of Winter Tide – Book 1 of The Innsmouth Legacy by Ruthanna Emrys

Friday Face-off – Send in the clowns… featuring The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Discovery Challenge 2017 and Tackling my TBR – March Roundup

 

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

G is for Grief  https://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/g-is-for-grief/ Viv is a wonderfully talented writer – but don’t take my word for it. Read her blog. This moving, thought provoking article is typical of her output…

Tales of 100 hearts  https://jeanleesworld.com/2017/04/06/tales-of-100-hearts/ A quirky, original slice of Jean’s life – this one left me with a lump in my throat as I still keep wondering who had already learnt that SAFETY matters so much…

Discoveries, Engineering Progress and Science Fiction  https://rosieoliver.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/discoveries-engineering-progress-and-science-fiction/#comment-2161 Rosie has a science background and she is very interested in exploring some of the more cutting-edge issues in her fiction. Meantime, once more, she has provided a great roundup of what is going on in the scientific community this week…

The Inconsistency of Truth  https://ginnibites.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/the-inconsistency-of-truth/ Ginni nails it, again… Insomniacs everywhere will recognise this scenario.

5 New Science Fiction Books to Watch Out For  https://librarystaffpicks.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/5-new-science-fiction-books-to-watch-out-for/ This award-winning library site does a cracking job in featuring books the staff think their reading public may enjoy – obviously this one appealed to me.

Thank you for visiting and taking the time and trouble to comment – and may you have a wonderful reading and blogging week.

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41 responses »

  1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I’m always honored when I make your wrap-up. 🙂 The hearts are down now to make way for Holy Week preparations. I wonder if the kids–and grownups–got to take their hearts home…

    • As the originals run right under the house and the house is surrounded by concrete, we simply don’t have the equipment to do this. They managed this job in one day, which is amazing.

  2. *groans* Oh no! I’m so sorry you had to replace all your pipes! That’s the downside to being a house owner… there are some costs that are totally unpredictable.
    You did get some good books, though, so hopefully they will keep your mind occupied when you aren’t editing or playing with your grandchildren 😉
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    • Yes – right now, what with one thing and another the timing wasn’t great. BUT we hadn’t had to deal with lots of water damage and it is amazing how quickly and easily they did the job, courtesy of that nifty underground thingy. Thank you for your kind concern, Lexxie:). And I’m hoping this coming week will produce less expensive surprises!

  3. Sorry to hear about your water pipe problems, we’ve had many plumbing issues with our house over the years, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much money we’ve sunk into the house because of it. I checked out the link to the library recommendations site, thanks for that! I’ll be keeping an eye on that blog:-)

    • Thank you, Tammy. Yes… water, eh? But it could have been so much worse. Yes – do look out the Ballyroan Reads – they are lovely people and cover all the genres. I hope you have a great week:).

  4. Wow, it sounds like you had quite a week! I’m sorry about the pipe problems, but at least you won’t have to think about it when it’s done. The cover for Winter Tide looks fabulous, and since you liked it so much, I’ll have to go searching for it. Have a good week, and happy reading! 🙂

    • Yes… I am hoping that if there are any big surprises in the coming week, they won’t be so expensive! And Winter Tide is a fantastic read – I loved it. Hope you, too, have a great reading week:).

    • That’s the plan! The water now runs through the new network – but you’re right – it wasn’t cheap:(. Our decision to go ahead was based on the fact that we’d already had one pipe failure, which luckily hadn’t caused any damage, but we couldn’t guarantee that would be the case next time around. But, as you say… home ownership – keeping it together never stops…

  5. I feel ya, Sarah. I had a water leak from old copper pipes in the wall in my guestroom closet. What a mess. Could have been costly replacing them, but a friend was able to repair the leaks. Looks like you have some good reads this week. I featured Lovecraft’s Favorite Weird Tales this week. What a coincidence. He’s definitely a writer in his own league:)

    My Sunday Post

    • Yes – while it was a nasty and expensive shock, it could have been far, far worse. I must go back and check out your Favorite Weird Tales – as you say, it’s a coincidence! Emrys has done a very good job in crafting this fascinating adventure in his world out of his timeframe.

  6. You had a good reading week but not so good on the house front! Houses – they really are a money drain (no pun intended). At least it seems to be sorted out – which is a relief. Water leaks can be a bit scary I always think so it’s good that you were able to se what was going on.
    Lynn 😀

    • lol… you may not have intended the pun, but that’s a very apt metaphor:). We’re just waiting for them to come and concrete over the holes, now. Thank you – I’m also hoping this is going to be a better week – I think we’re due one, frankly…

  7. Whew what a week, yes there’s definitely something like too interesting of a week. And ouch I can imagine that costed a big sum of money. I am glad things seems to be resolved right now and hopefully no more leaks in your future!

    We had some sunny weather as well this week and took a walk outside this morning to enjoy it.

    It does sound like you read some good books this week! I hope next week is a good week!

  8. Oh sorry to hear about the pipes! And yes I can imagine that wasn’t cheap. 😦

    The Forever Court looks like one I need to look closer at.

    I’ll have to check out those library picks!

  9. Wow, sounds like you have had more than your fair share to deal with lately :/ hope things settle for you and yours soon. Also thank you for the shout out, I haven’t shares or written much lately so it’s really humbling to get linked in to your blog post, much appreciated.

  10. Wow your times have definitely been a little too interesting! I’ve been mentally calculating just how old our pipes are and trying not to even THINK about the septic tank. I’m adding Magic in the City to my TBR. It sounds absolutely wonderful! Have a great week!

    • Yes – once we realised how bad they were, we couldn’t possibly leave them to leak again… Thank you for swinging by and I hope that you, too, have a great week.

  11. I understand the joys of living in an older home, or at least living with old pipes. Our latest “problem” was solved by a plumber with a “snake”, so I am NOT going to complain. Fortunately, any problems we’ve had with the water pipes so far has been on the city’s “side”, so they had to bear the expense, but with tree roots, etc. It’s only a matter of time…

  12. Oh my, it’s definitely not the kind of “interesting times” I’d wish upon anyone. Hopefully, after this episode you won’t have to think about those pipes ever again. Also, I hope the weather stays nice, so you do get to enjoy it!

    • Yes, it was a nasty shock – but again, it could have been so much worse… However, I am hoping I don’t have to trot that phrase out many more times this year!

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